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Orange County Register, Feb. 3, 2020
Do Spider-Man, Superman break the laws of physics?
Michael Dennin, professor of physics and astronomy at UC Irvine and one of the presenters Saturday [said] “The cool thing about superheroes when it comes to physics is some of what they do is consistent with the law of physics and some of what they do is not.” Physics Professor Bill Heidbrink and three of his students got the day started by demonstrating concepts involving Sir Isaac Newton’s laws and momentum. The audience watched rockets launch and objects collide as they learned about mass, velocity and conservation of momentum. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Feb. 4, 2020
Tech problem with mobile app causes Iowa caucus chaos
Richard L. Hasen, an election expert and [Chancellor’s Professor] at University of California, Irvine School of Law, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the integrity of the election. “Most of the time when there is a problem with an election it turns out to be the result of administrative incompetence rather than someone cheating or some outside interference,” Hasen said.

CityLab, Feb. 4, 2020
How Meth Conquered a County
The impulse to find productive outlets—or to mentally escape once those outlets are gone—should be familiar to anyone, in any social class or region in the U.S., [Jason] Pine says. That’s the reality of America under what UC Irvine anthropologist Kim Fortun has dubbed “late industrialism”—a time when many workers are overextended and living in precarity. Coping mechanisms might be chemical or digital, benign or toxic.

OUPblog, Feb 4, 2020
Using math to understand inequity
Cailin O’Connor, associate professor of logic and philosophy of science writes, “What can math tell us about unfairness? … When used carefully models can help us learn about deep patterns related to inequity, including those that govern how unfair norms and patterns of behavior emerge in groups of people. … Once we answer this question, we can use experiments and experimental studies to learn more about these possibilities.”

NBC4, Feb. 4, 2020
Orange County Sheriff Blames Increase in Crime on Sanctuary State Law
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes Monday released data he says shows a spike in recidivism in Orange County due to the so-called Sanctuary State law, but a criminal justice expert at UC Irvine said statewide surveys show little to no impact on crime rates. … Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology at UC Irvine, said two studies last year on the sanctuary state laws across the country indicated little to no impact on crime rates. “Both, in a nutshell, find that the adoption of a sanctuary policy is either associated with a reduction in crime or has no effect on crime.”

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